Andrew Proud

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The Right Reverend
Andrew Proud
area Bishop of Reading
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
In office 2011–present
Other posts area Bishop for the Horn of Africa (2007–2011)
Ordination 1980 (deacon); 1981 (priest)[1]
Consecration late April 2007[2]
Personal details
Born (1954-03-27) 27 March 1954 (age 62)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Spouse Janice
Children Two children[3]
Alma mater King's College London
School of Oriental and African Studies

Andrew John Proud (born 27 March 1954) is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current area Bishop of Reading in the Church of England (Diocese of Oxford). He was formerly the area bishop for the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East (Diocese of Egypt).

Early life and education[edit]

Proud was born on 27 March 1954.[1] He graduated from King's College London and studied for ordination at Lincoln Theological College.

Proud undertook a master's degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London from 2001 to 2002.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Proud was ordained a deacon in 1980[4] and began his ministry with a curacy at St Mary's, Stansted Mountfitchet. In 1981 he was ordained priest. In 1983 he became Team Vicar of Borehamwood until 1990, when he moved to Hatfield, where he was an assistant priest in the team ministry until 1992. From that point until 2001, he was Rector at St Mary's East Barnet before he returned to university.

Proud relocated to Adis Ababa, Ethiopia to be Chaplain at St Matthew's Church. While there, he was made a canon of All Saints' Cathedral, Cairo in 2005.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Between 2007 and 2011, he was the area bishop for the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East Diocese of Egypt[3] (based in Adis Ababa). On 17 January 2011, the British Government and the Diocese of Oxford announced Proud's appointment as the area Bishop of Reading and he was installed at Reading Minster on 16 April 2011.[3][5]

Personal life[edit]

Proud is married to Janice,[5] who is a plant physiologist. They have two adult children and one grandchild.[3]


Proud has described his theological views as "conservative" and "fairly traditional". He believes marriage is between a man and woman, and is for the purpose of procreation. On the other hand, he supports the ordination of women as priests and bishops.[6]



  1. ^ a b Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ "News in brief (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7520). 27 April 2007. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 14 November 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ a b c d Number 10 — Suffragan See of Reading
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995), ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ a b Diocese of Oxford — New Bishop of Reading Announced Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "New Bishop of Reading Andrew Proud reveals beliefs". BBC News. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Reading